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Tybee Island PD bringing in outside agencies to assist with Orange Crush

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As Tybee Island continues to gear up for Orange Crush, which happens in a little less than a month, local police are looking at what kind of reinforcements will be available to help with the large crowd. 

Over the next month, we will see spring breakers, the film crew for Baywatch doing their work, and the Orange Crush event. With the potential overlap of some of those events, police are unsure about what that will mean when it comes to policing the popular areas. Tybee Island Police Chief Robert Bryson told his colleagues there is a chance Baywatch could still be filming around the areas that normally play host to Orange Crush. 

Orange Crush is a non-permitted event that Tybee law enforcement says costs the city a lot money, bringing in outside resources.

We attended one of the last meetings to take place prior to the event. Tybee Island Police Chief, Robert Bryson, hosted a gathering of officers from Georgia State Patrol, to some from all the way in Jesup, to explain what is needed in terms of personnel to make sure the event is a safe one.

"I think 10 people from Jesup just showed up, so that's a big deal for us, and I'm glad that people think enough of helping us, to be here in our communit;, that we'll be able to work on this, no problem," said Chief Robert Bryson, Tybee Island Police Department. 

What police want to avoid seeing is drunk drivers, fights, and incidents such as shootings, which happened at the Pier last year. Chief Bryson is calling on local jurisdictions to provide the bulk of the 110-120 officers needed over the course of the three-day event. While some of that number will be coming and going, there will be 60 to 70 officers who won't leave at all for the duration. In addition to talking with reinforcements, Chief Bryson says he will be talking with the Orange Crush organizer as soon as next week.

"It's not cheap to provide all this law enforcement, and to be here for this event, and if he would go the proper channels that I would like to advise him of, and just work together as partners, that would be one thing, but choose to swim against everything that we're doing...and there's consequences,” said Chief Bryson. "So, if it pushes back into further down the beach, there are other parking issues we have every day, that are going to be compounded by this. The spaces just aren't available. Even on a great day, the spaces are hardly available. So with this, it's going to present some problems."

The chief says police will be keeping an eye on the crowds and monitoring everyone through social media. Tybee will be paying officers $25 per-hour to help. They will also provide food and water throughout the event. 

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